Cable just proved that the X-Men’s cruelest rule could destroy them

Cable only had to fight a bunch of his clones, and it would have been really bad if they had killed him, even with the X-Men’s resurrection protocols.

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Cable # 8 by Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto

In the latest issue of Marvel Comics’ Cable, it has been revealed that one of the X-Men The cruelest rules about Krakoa have some disastrous implications. In recent issues of this series, Nate Summers has been on a mission to save kidnapped mutant children from a cult known as the Order of X, but also discovered that the villain behind this cult and the stolen children is none other than Stryfe, the Bad Cable. clone created by Apocalypse. While Cable took on Stryfe (sort of), this ends up being an incredibly risky choice, especially considering Krakoa’s rules on clone resurrection.

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In Cable # 8 From writer Gerry Duggan with art by Phil Noto, Nate has teamed up with Domino, which is particularly interesting considering the close working relationship he had with the original and earlier version of Cable. Despite the obvious weirdness, she agrees to help him search for Stryfe and they eventually locate the villain in Tokyo. However, the only reason they ended up there was because Domino wanted some Japanese cuisine. Naturally, Domino’s probability manipulation powers meant that the exact restaurant they enter ends up being the front line of the Styfe cloning facility set out below.

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While Cable does not find the original Stryfe created by Apocalpyse, he ends up fighting various clones of him (and technically himself) that he created. They all share the villain’s goals and as such Nate soon finds himself dealing with an entire squad of Cable / Stryfe clones who all want to kill him and take his place on Krakoa. This is definitely problematic, as one of Krakoa’s rules for resurrection includes refusing to differentiate clones and bring them back, no matter how unique they have become from the original host of the DNA source.


Near the end of the problem, Domino and Cable end up killing all of Stryfe’s clones, except for one who tries to escape. However, this specific clone ends up falling on the duo, revealing that he intends to kill and replace Cable on Krakoa. Fortunately, Domino’s powers were present and a meteorite killed the final clone. However, if the Stryfe clone had killed Cable and Domino, his plan probably would have worked, even despite the X-Men’s resurrection protocols. All he would have had to do was wait until the island resurrection team saved a backup of his mind instead of Cable’s, and Nate would have died forever, while Styfe could have gone on living, impersonating. Cable for as long as he wanted, using psychic blocks to prevent the telepaths from learning the truth as well.

Krakoa’s rule against resurrection and differentiating clones as unique beings seems pretty pointless and unnecessary, and Cable # 8 It is not the first time that its potentially problematic nature has been hinted at. New Mutants # 14 she saw X-23’s clone daughter Gabrielle expressing not only her concern that she would not be brought back if she died, but also her concern that Genesis had not yet been raised from the dead, that she was an Apocalypse clone. Now this latest issue of Cable has shown that there could be some unpleasant consequences if someone took advantage of this rule as Stryfe hoped to do. We hope that an amendment to the rules will be made in the future. X Men comics before disaster strikes the island nation at Marvel Comics.

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